EPL 2016/17: Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham – Player Ratings
26 years, and counting. Chelsea maintained their unbeaten run against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge with a brilliant 2-1 victory. Though the Blues conceded for the first time in 6 matches, they were able to get back into the game and win it.
Here are the player ratings from the match:
Thibaut Courtois - 8/10
There is no way he can be blamed for the goal Chelsea conceded. Courtois managed to keep Spurs at bay with some brilliant saves when shots were fired towards goal. His positioning, punching, and collection of the ball has to be commended.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 7.5/10
Was troubled a lot by Son and Alli at the start of the game but once he got his feet, he was solid. Made some brilliant interceptions and was never allowing Spurs to get a ball into the box from the left wing.
David Luiz - 7/10
Shaky start but like others, he too was able to keep Harry Kane quiet after the first 20 minutes. Cleared all the crosses that came into the box and had full control of the defence.
Gary Cahill - 7.5/10
Captain fantastic. Can't point out a mistake he made in today's match but there were a lot of occasions when the winger and full-back got past him. He was supposed to cover up for David Luiz when Eriksen scored but that happened so quick, it was almost impossible.
Victor Moses - 8/10
Scored the winner and was on top of his game today as well. Rejuvenated under Conte, Moses is finally showing what he's worthy of. Is this what Roberto Di Matteo saw in him?
N’golo Kante - 8/10
Apart from the first 25-30 minutes, it was a brilliant performance by the Frenchman. He was in control of the midfield in the 2nd half and was to be found everywhere Chelsea wanted him.
Nemanja Matic - 8.5/10
When Chelsea were not able to do anything in the first half, it was Matic who stepped up and brought them back into the game. Fought hard with Dembele and Wanyama to get the ball and was the assist provider for Pedro's goal.
Marcos Alonso - 7.5/10
Missed a great chance in the 2nd half to make it 3-1 to Chelsea. Made up for it by making some inviting crosses and defending well. Lucky that the miss didn't come back to haunt him.
Pedro - 9/10
Man of the match. He just never stopped running today. Scored a stunner just before half time to bring Chelsea back into the game and was instrumental in Chelsea's dominance in the 2nd half.
Eden Hazard - 8/10
He is back to his best once again, and the commentators just can't stop praising him. He's been consistent this season and even though he did not provide an assist or score a goal today, he gave Walker a run for his money and made things difficult at the back for the ever so solid, Spurs.
Diego Costa - 8/10
Could not score today, but he did assist. The Chelsea striker is a new man this season altogether. He's calm and does not jump into tackles and fights. Dived around initially but then got himself together and played well.
Willian - 6/10
Got booked despite coming on only in the 77th minute. Almost got into a fight with Nkoudou, just like he did with Danny Rose last season.
Branislav Ivanovic - 6/10
Come on for Moses and was easy run around by Nkoudou more than once. The Serbian has lost it, and it's pretty clear now that this will be his last season at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar – N/A
Came on late and made no significant impact.